August 12, 2003
The Division of Practitioner Service has identified various inconsistencies in the 2003 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make the updated files available to carriers and intermediaries on the CMS Mainframe Telecommunications System on August 5, 2003. The effective date for this Program Memorandum (PM) is March 1, 2003. The implementation date for this PM is October 1, 2003.
In accordance with the Medicare Carriers Manual, Part 3, §15902, carriers should give providers 30 days notice before implementing revised payment amounts. Unless otherwise stated in this transmittal, changes will be effective for claims with dates of service March 1, 2003, or later.